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Move Over, Dragula

In case any of you didn’t know, “Dragula” is the drag strip automobile belonging to Grandpa Munster in THE MUNSTERS. (It was actually created by George Barris, who also created the Munster’s Munster Koach for the series, as well as creating the Batmobile for the BATMAN TV series, the General Lee for THE DUKES OF…

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…And Dracula Meets Ruthven

The degree to which John Polidori’s THE VAMPYRE and its villain, Lord Ruthven, inspired Bram Stoker when he was creating his novel DRACULA is open to debate. There are certainly similarities between the two primary characters, though if Ruthven was a major influence it is ironic considering how Dracula, appearing some eight decades after Ruthven,…

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Ruthven Meets Dracula…

All knowledgeable Horror marks ought to be familiar with the story of the writing of FRANKENSTEIN. Percy Shelley and young Mary Wollstonecraft (not yet Shelley), Claire Clairmont, Lord Byron, and John Polidori, spending the majority of the summer months of 1916 huddled inside a mansion on Lake Geneva. The “year without a summer” brought about…

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New DRACULA Images

The three-part BBC miniseries DRACULA will air on New Year’s Day on BBC1 with the next two episodes following on January 2nd and 3rd. Thus far we’ve been shown a teaser trailer, and now we have some still images to enjoy. Let’s unpack those, shall we? We have Dracula (portrayed by actor Claes Bang) looking…

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A Sad Anniversary

On December 7th, 1941*, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Thirty-seven years later, on December 7th of 1978, Ed Wood and his wife Kathy, unable to meet their rent, were evicted from their apartment home on Yucca Street in Hollywood, California, the place Ed referred to as “Yucca Flats” after the film THE BEAST OF YUCCA…

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Old Dark Houses

What does a haunted house look like? There is probably an image that immediately pops into your mind. If it isn’t the house from THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, or your own house, if you happen to live in a house that is haunted, then you probably picture a creepy old Victorian home that has fallen into…

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Bleh Bleh Bleh!

Let’s see if we can get to the bottom of this, shall we? Knowledgeable Dracula fans know that the character has never uttered the phrase “bleh, bleh, bleh.” Not ever, not once. Not in any of the movies. Not in the book, certainly. Not in the plays. From whence, then, does this cliché originate? As…

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Toony Nosferatu

Do you like the “Toony Terrors” toyline, wherein our most beloved Horror icons are reimagined as cartoon characters (or action figure depictions of cartoon characters)? I dig ‘em, but not all of them. Some of the Toony Terrors don’t look any different, to me, than they do when cast in standard action figure form. The…

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Dracula vs. Dracula—Rapped

Watch this. While I don’t typically find these sorts of trendy Internet things as entertaining as do my friends, and seemingly everybody else, this one in particular I love. It isn’t just because it’s about Dracula, though. If it were about Dracula and it was stupid, I’d hate it. Being concerned with Dracula as its…

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GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE

It isn’t carved into concrete just yet, but this is the rumored title for the forthcoming GHOSTBUSTERS movie. I dig it. I hope they go with it. It’s fitting. And they need to tag something on to the title to indicate that it is its own movie. They could, as far as I’m concerned, just…

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Pattinson Doesn’t Want History To Repeat

Robert Pattinson has been rather charitable to his past, I would say. He doesn’t badmouth TWILIGHT with every opportunity. What he actually wants, I daresay, is for people to forget about TWILIGHT altogether. To forget that he was involved in that franchise. He may not have come right out and said as much in harsh…

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Did Negan Kick THE WALKING DEAD Over The Shark?

It’s as good a point to pick as any. The reasons for a show’s decline are myriad. One can’t pinpoint just one. (Unless we’re talking about DARK SHADOWS, in which case I *was* able to pinpoint just one reason why the series was cancelled. One overriding reason, if there were others, one that carried far…

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